Chat as discovery and world domination

In a recent post by Andreessen Horowitz they unpack how China’s WeChat has driven significant ARPU with their content strategy within Chat. The follow on from this, when viewed alongside Twitter, is that ‘chat’ as a context, is a hugely powerful mechanism for discovery. As long as the UX is done right, there’s nothing to Read more…

 

What the Stanford Prison Experiment means for your Business.

The Stanford Prison Experiment has shown how quickly a persons mindset adjusts to their context and prescribed social roles. It has a significant implication for how you build or restructure teams in a business context too. Essentially, the person you hire will behave a certain way up until the point that they start work. But Read more…

 

Personality Insights

An amazing tool from IBM to analyse personality traits based on a persons writing. You can use text from blogs, email, forum posts. A very interesting tool for interviews, or research ahead of meetings. Try it! Personality Insights – The IBM Watson Personality Insights service uses linguistic analytics to extract a spectrum of cognitive and social characteristics Read more…

 

The 7 Rejections Airbnb got from investors.

How to feel better about your fundraising challenges… On June 26, 2008, our friend Michael Seibel introduced us to 7 prominent investors in Silicon Valley. We were attempting to raise $150,000 at a $1.5M valuation. That means for $150,000 you could have bought 10% of Airbnb. Below you will see 5 rejections. The other 2 Read more…

 

PayM: Not the winner in mobile payments

PayM seems to be gaining traction with some of the larger banks including Lloyds and HSBC now actively marketing the use of their service to their customers. Some 400,000 users are reported to have now signed up to use the service. I’ve been asked if they are are the next big thing in mobile payments space. Read more…

 

Mobile payments – as broken as the banks.

Mobile payments have been a hot topic in the tech start-up space for a while now. There have been some great outcomes with companies like Square and Coin taking centre stage amongst a raft of other possibilities. But to be fair, nothing has really hit the ball out the park and transformed the industry just Read more…